Veterans remembered at Monette

Thursday, June 5, 2008
Southland School Superientendent Raymond Lasley addresses those present at Memorial Day services in Monette.

The Monette American Legion hosted a Memorial Day tribute to veterans on Sunday, May 25, at the Monette Cemetery.

Legion member Jerry Reed welcomed veterans and their families in attendance. He placed an American flag in the soil, signifying the beginning of the special tribute.

"The flag may fade, but the symbol for which it stands never fades," Reed said.

The Color Guard participants included Post Commander Larry Rolland carrying the U.S. Flag and Robin Ashley carrying the Veterans of Foreign Wars flag. Bill Craig and Ronnie Qualls served as arms bearers.

Legion Chaplain Robert Chambers led the group in a special prayer for the men and women who have served and are now serving in the military.

Marie George led the group in singing "Amazing Grace."

The Honor Guard fired three volleys to honor the veterans, alive and deceased. Taps was played following the salute.

"Our country has been fighting for over 200 years and will continue to fight for our freedom," Reed said. "I believe that God wants our country to stay free. In order to do that we all have to make sacrifices. Who knows what we will see before it is all over.

"This is a day of remembrance. We need to honor those who have gone on before. Someday someone will come out here and decorate our graves."

Southland Superintendent Raymond Lasley addressed the visitors.

"Soldiers make many sacrifices that we never hear about," Lasley said. "Many are very young, and lose their innocence in battle. Many lose their lives.

"I recall one of my military friends, Joe Jones, told me how he experienced one of the worst days in this life when his mother died and he couldn't come home to her funeral. The word soldier and sacrifice is synonymous. They get in harms way for people they don't even know."

Lasley used the example in the Bible of how God gave the supreme example of sacrifice by sending his son Jesus to die for us.

Janet Rolland gave a Monette Cemetery report. Marsha Chambers, Shirley Bronaugh, and Rolland serve on the Monette Cemetery committee and manage the upkeep and care of the cemetery.

"We depend on donations and sales of burial plots to maintain the cemetery," Rolland said. " It costs us about $15,000 a year to keep up the cemetery. We depend on sales of lots and donations to pay the cost of upkeep."

A special offering was taken for the cemetery at the close of the meeting.

Legion members placed American flags on veterans' graves at the Monette and Macey Cemeteries on Sunday morning, May 25. Flags were placed along Monette main street on Saturday, May 24.

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